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Pearl Jam Stop Celebrating 20th Anniversary Long Enough to Plan New Album


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Pearl Jam are definitely going all out for their 20th anniversary. Their celebration includes a series of reissues, a documentary, and a Labor Day weekend festival -- plus, don't forget a ukulele-based solo album from Eddie Vedder.

But the band isn't just going to look back in 2011: Bassist Jeff Ament revealed to Billboard that the group will begin work in April on the follow-up to 2009's Backspacer. We marvel at these youngsters at SXSW and their ability to play 10 showcases over five days, but these kids have nothing on the work ethic of these geezers in Pearl Jam.

"We did a whole bunch of demos and everybody's got a disc of 25 [songs] right now. April will be the time where we get together and learn to play all these demos and figure out which 12-15 of them float to the top. Hopefully we can get something done this year," Ament said. "There's been so much focus on the past that I think all of us are really excited to make a new record and have something to look forward to because we've been digging in the boxes in our basement a lot the last year or so."

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